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May 14, 2017 - Out and about in Tauranga

I've spent the last few weekends getting to know the city where i'm living a little better and I love it! There is so much to do in and around Tauranga, although locals will tell you there isn't. I could easily spend another month without leaving the bay of plenty and still find lots to do. As the photos show, I have taken a few lovely walks. Firstly around McClaren falls park and lake, which is stunning now the autumn colours are out. And to say it is autumn, I was soaking up the sunshine by the lake in a t-shirt! Yesterday I walked to the...

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Apr 10, 2017 - To Rototua then on to Tauranga

We drove to Rotorua in the morning and cycled around the city for the afternoon.. It is amazing the number of steaming vent holes there are around the city. I can't help but wonder why they chose to build a settlement on top of that cauldron! Motored on to Tauranga in time for supper.

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Mar 28, 2017 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Tauranga, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We gotta get out of this place, if it’s the last thing we ever do…” - The Animals DISCLAIMER: You might want to skip this entry; while nothing tragic happens today, it was a much stinkier day than we’ve had before. So it reads like a huge whine-fest which is fine for me because I’ll remember this day for sure but it might not make for the most fun read of the trip. You have been warned….. Okaaaaay, so not our smoothest day so far……..in fact, might be my least favorite...

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Mar 25, 2017 - Swimming with Dolphins!

Today I went swimming with Dolphins and it was an absolutely amazing day! (Thanks Mark who got it for me for Christmas). We had an early start meeting at the boat at 7.30am, not long after sunrise which made for some beautiful photos as we set out. The sea (or rather the pacific ocean) was flat as a mill pond and the crew and fellow swimmers were a really nice bunch of people. As we left the harbour, cup of coffee in hand, we were all given a ginger biscuit, not to dunk it our drinks but to throw at the feet of Tangaroa, the Maori god of...

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Feb 19, 2017 - Sea Day

Our 1st full season day. Had to go to the self service restaurant for breakfast as we were too late for our normal one. We had a quiet day, watched a presentation on seals and seabirds (this was given by Chelsea, who was on the Eclipse with us in Iceland! Went to dinner, and than had a few drinks before the show. Got talking to a guy called Greg, from Australia. Turns out get us the entertainment for tomorrow, as an Elton John tribute act. Tonight's entertainment was a show starring all the ships standard entertainers - it was really Good!

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Feb 18, 2017 - Tauranga & Hobbiton

Arrived in Tauranga at 7.00am - I looked out the balcony window and it was beautiful, so I headed for the shower so I could go and take some photos. Got out of the shower Nd it was hacking it down! Could not see a bloody Thing! Went to breakfast and then headed it for a walk before our trip to Hobbiton. It was now only drizzling. We were right next to Mount Maunganiu which is an volcano, but did not have time to climb it. It was a beautiful area, and a lovely beaches have with loads of people on it despite the weather. It was pretty warm...

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Feb 11, 2017 - I've arrived!

I've arrived safely in my new home. The flight was a lot better than I expected, despite some pretty hairy turbulence, and I am feeling pretty smug as I seem to have largely avoided jetlag other than my first evening in Auckland. Already settling in to life in Beautiful Tauranga and have taken in some of the sights, all in brilliant peak summer sunshine. Ozone layer is at it's thinnest here though so my pasty British skin is well creamed to avoid burning. Managed to blister my feet on the hot sand though! Work starts tomorrow. Feels wrong...

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Dec 16, 2016 - Sex and the "Saints" (Mormons, that is)

Well, I was looking for a squeaky-clean image from the mid-60's, associated with the Mormon Church. But of course, reality often does not conform with media images. Some early experiences as a Mormon missionary involved psycho-sexual "disconnects" I never could have imagined. In April 1964, Marv C. and I moved to Milford and boarded with a pleasant middle-class family. She had kids as old as me, but after a couple of weeks, she confided she was in love with me. I was terrified. She would follow me, sometimes even into the bathroom if I...

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Dec 1, 2016 - Napier is a stunning small city

This is a primo sculpture, the image of which apparently is intellectual property-protected, so very difficult to find a canned shot on the Internet. Napier suffered a huge quake in 1931, causing about 250 deaths including from fires that followed. The City's central business district was decimated, then rebuilt through a massive citizen and government initiative three years later. Now, it is a world-class specimen of 1930's art deco architecture and this 2010 sculptural commemoration of by-gone days shows the sort of class that exudes from...

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Dec 1, 2016 - Who ARE those folks, anyway...?

Tracy and Craig Tuck, actually; residents of Mount Maunganui and "the people upstairs" in the flat where I stayed for several days. Tracy is Craig's professional "side-kick." Craig is an internationally prominent criminal defense trial lawyer and human rights advocate.

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Nov 28, 2016 - Episcopal Church at Tauranga's Gate Pa

What a remarkable evening. Feeling a bit lonely and disoriented from the cultural shock of viewing the profound development of the Bay of Plenty area (Tauranga, Mount Maunganui) since I lived here long ago, I decided to attend an Al-anon meeting which I do on rare occasion. I took the bus but got off a bit soon, before Gate Pa, so asked someone at a service station for directions and instead he offered a ride. The Fijiian-Kiwi was most kind but I ended up at the wrong church. As he pulled away, a woman coming out of that building could tell...

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Nov 27, 2016 - The Bus Driver from Estes Park...

The photo is a fairly recent one of 64 Muricata Avenue, Mount Maunganui, where I boarded with Mrs. McComb 53 years ago. She is now long gone, of course (well...I guess she could still be around, but she would be pushing 120...that would be an especially long life span for a chain smoker). Maybe I'm starting to come off as a bit of a smart-ass...perhaps I need to watch it (or not). Most everything else nearby is $$$million+ tear-down/replacements. One block off of the beach...Wow! On a short bus ride this morning, the driver asked where I...

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